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    Top 50 "Consensus" 2000-2019 Album Ranking

    Okay, clearly NOT definitive by any means. But here is my attempt to somewhat objectively put together a consensus list based on 3 primary sources: (PA, RYM, and Gnosis) and a few secondary sources. I avoided live albums, reissues, and archive releases. I let these sites sort of "define" what is and isn't *prog*. I also weight out items that were rated highly but only by a few people. I tried to also be sensitive to balance the most popular (lowest common denominator) with the more obscure (relatively speaking).

    This is not a perfect list, not does it claim to be. It is also not my personal list. It's an experiment for fun (blame COVID-19). It's essentially how people like us, who have listened to these albums, have rated over the last 20 years. You'll note that Magma, Wilson, and Opeth dominate quite a bit.

    It's a bit more representative of newer artists (last 20 years), but still skews towards the 90s artists. It also tends to favor the 2000s to the 2010s. There's also a few pretty interesting surprises.


    RANK ALBUM
    01. Magma – K.A (2004)
    02. Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (2002)
    03. All Traps on Earth – A Drop of Light (2018)
    04. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories (2013)
    05. Opeth – Ghost Reveries (2005)
    06. Tool – Lateralus (2001)
    07. Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere (2017)
    08. Anglagard – Viljans Oga (2012)
    09. Opeth – Blackwater Park (2001)
    10. Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet (2007)
    11. Magma – Emehntehtt-Re (2009)
    12. Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning (2011)
    13. Present – Barbaro (ma non troppo) (2009)
    14. Jordsjo- Nattfiolen (2019)
    15. Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015)
    16. Spock’s Beard – V (2000)
    17. One Shot – Ewaz Vader (2006)
    18. Big Big Train – English Electric (Part One) (2012)
    19. Universal Totem Orchestra – Mathematical Mother (2016)
    20. Haken – The Mountain (2013)
    21. Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail (2016)
    22. Birds and Buildings – Multipurpose Trap (2013)
    23. Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun (2000)
    24. Discipline – To Shatter All Accord (2011)
    25. IQ - Resistance (2019)
    26. The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003)
    27. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
    28. Birds and Buildings – Bantam to Behemoth (2008)
    29. Ske – 1000 Autunni (2011)
    30. Transatlantic – SMPT:e (2000)
    31. Hypnos 69 – Legacy (2010)
    32. Riverside – Out of Myself (2003)
    33. Opeth – Damnation (2003)
    34. Magma - Zess (2019)
    35. The Neal Morse Band – The Similtude of a Dream (2016)
    36. Pain of Salvation – Remedy Lane (2002)
    37. Riverside – Anno Domini High Definition (2009)
    38. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Of Natural History (2004)
    39. Present – Hi Infidelity (2001)
    40. Disillusion – Back To Times Of Splendor (2004)
    41. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (2000)
    42. Transatlantic – Bridge Across Forever (2001)
    43. Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
    44. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World (2017)
    45. Magma – Felicite Thosz (2012)
    46. Vezhlivyi Otkaz - Gusi-Lebedi (2010)
    47. Seventh Wonder – The Great Escape (2010)
    48. Koenji Hyakkei – Dhorimviskha (2018)
    49. DFA – 4th (2008)
    50. Accordo Dei Contrari – Violato Intatto (2017)
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    Interesting list.
    Subjectivity reigns.
    Not my list or order, but hey. I can get behind at least 1/2 of it.
    The other 1/2 I haven't heard ( at least not enough to warrant acknowledgement ).
    Best get caught up before the '20-'29 list comes out .
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    Boy, there's a thankless task. A lot of good albums on there, and of course some that I wouldn't have any interest in. As for the idea of a consensus among Prog-Rock fans? I'd say you have a better chance of being attacked by a flying pancake with rabies.
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    Definitely better than the ProgReport List! A few things I'm not familiar with at all that I should probably check out in the near future.

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    Not a bad list, not too much to complain about there.
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    3 Magma. Win!
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    Not as accurate as the other list

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    That's a really interesting exercise, and the results are actually pretty darned good. For the most part I hate these "top-whatever" lists (that most recent top-30 one being among the most laughable). But I can get behind this as a pretty good retrospective on the most popular artists/releases in the past 20 years; with the caveat that popularity is never a perfect correlation with quality.

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    Surprisingly good list, covers a lot of ground and isn't focused on any particular subgenre, which is a good thing. Warms my heart to see Vezhlivy Otkaz in there, and K.A. at the top works for me too. Feels weird finding Spock's Beard 11 points higher than Kid A, though — I had to rub my eyes to make sure that was indeed the case

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    Some good tunes on there.........
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    Here's mine, one from each year:

    Holdsworth, Allan The Sixteen Men of Tain
    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening And Closing
    Univers Zero Rhythmix
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    Magma K.A (Köhntarkösz Anteria)
    Koenji Hyakkei Angherr Shisspa
    One Shot Ewaz Vader
    Setna Cycle I
    Deus Ex Machina Imparis
    Present Barbaro (ma non troppo)
    Helmet of Gnats, A High Street
    Ske (Paolo 'Ske' Botta) 1000 Autunni
    Änglagård Viljans Öga
    Phlox Vali
    Univers Zero Phosphorescent Dreams
    Needlepoint Aimless Mary
    Deus Ex Machina Devoto
    McLaughlin, John / The 4th Dimension Live at Ronnie Scott's
    Manna/Mirage Rest of the World
    Hooffoot The Lights in the Aisle Will Guide You
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    I like the top 50 list you came up with and the variety of music too. Ten of those are on my top 35 for the 00' and 10's but my list favours the 00's a lot more.
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    I would have guessed that Phideaux's Doomsday Afternoon would have been top five or even number one. Then again, only like two of those would be in my top 50. I guess I'm out of touch with what other prog listeners like.

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    The Flower Kings - "Sum of No Evil"
    Perfect Beings - "S/T"

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Boy, there's a thankless task. A lot of good albums on there, and of course some that I wouldn't have any interest in. As for the idea of a consensus among Prog-Rock fans? I'd say you have a better chance of being attacked by a flying pancake with rabies.


    and I agree!

    found it surprising that a relatively new release is in spot 14

    my guess is if all the regulars here posted their personal top 50 of the millennium, the PE "consensus" would be markedly different
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Surprised that Present is there twice and UZ none

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    Surprised that Present is there twice and UZ none
    That surprised me too, UZ - Clivages was the Collaborators album of the year on PA in 2010.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    That surprised me too, UZ - Clivages was the Collaborators album of the year on PA in 2010.
    Clivages is great! Would definitely be present (pun intended!) on my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    That surprised me too, UZ - Clivages was the Collaborators album of the year on PA in 2010.
    In World War II, they shot all the collaborators they could find. Maybe it's happened again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    Surprised that Present is there twice and UZ none
    Present ? Consensus ??
    Heh heh

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    Good list. No French bands though. Poil would be essential in my opinion, or bands like Aquaserge, Setna etc...you name it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    That surprised me too, UZ - Clivages was the Collaborators album of the year on PA in 2010.
    I would've gone for Implosion, but maybe that one is too different from the rest of UZ's usual sonics

    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Good list. No French bands though. Poil would be essential in my opinion, or bands like Aquaserge, Setna etc...you name it.
    At least Setna, but yeah, those three should be there.
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    One band there that I don't recall hearing of, Hypnos 69.

    Based on a quick sampling of the album, it's...OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    One band there that I don't recall hearing of, Hypnos 69.

    Based on a quick sampling of the album, it's...OK.
    Cheap man's Ozric Tentacles.
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